Robotic Assistive Surgery (RAS) Lab

About Us

RAS is a multidisciplinary research team that specializes in investigating training regimes and improving robotic laparoscopic surgical performance through robust testing techniques.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that has been an invaluable tool for diagnosing abdominal pathology. It can be performed not only with manually operated graspers, but also with robotic surgical systems such as the daVinci™ Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical. The novel abilities of such systems in terms of precision and efficiency have recently received great attention. However, the best methods for training surgeons in robotic laparoscopy have not been established. We are in the process of developing feedback techniques and training regimes to improve performance as well as a virtual reality training simulator. Our work is supported by funds from the Nebraska Research Initiative and NASA Nebraska Space Grant.